The Firelight Girls by Kaya McLaren
Published: October 14th 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin
The summers you spend at summer camp are indelibly etched on your heart. But what happens when the camp you love is about to close? Can you ever really say goodbye to the place that made you who you are? These are the questions that plagues Ethel, the seventy-year-old former camp director who is nursing a broken heart after losing the love of her life as she now faces the impending closure of the camp on Lake Wenatchee that she called home. It’s also a question that inspires change in forty-year-old Shannon, who spent the summers of her youth as a vibrant, capable camp counselor and is now directionless after watching her career implode. And there’s Laura, who has lost all intimacy with her husband and doesn’t know if she can save what seems to be gone forever. Finally, Ruby, who betrayed Ethel years ago and hasn’t spoken to her since, hopes this will be her chance to make amends. When the four women learn that a homeless teen has been hiding at camp, they realize camp is something much more immediate for all: survival.
And so the three generations of women search for a way to save the place that saved them all, finding in the process a way back to themselves and each other in The Firelight Girls, Kaya McLaren’s novel of love and loss, heartbreak and healing.
This one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I originally read this book at the end of August, as Summer was drawing to a close. I just finished my second reading of this book as Fall transitions to Winter and it seemed to fit perfect with this new transition. So, I’ve come to conclude this book is perfect to read anytime.
This is a beautiful story about friendship, love, grief & the beauty of life. It teaches the lesson that life is to be lived, and you are never too old, or too young, to be the person you want to be.
Firelight Girls is a one-of-a-kind dare I say—once in a lifetime sort of book. The characters are so vivid they jump off the pages and right into your heart. Each is fierce in their own signature way. Being together is what brings out their true strength.
It is a great coming of age story that links three generations of women together. These women hold eachothers histories, and hold the power to influence their futures.
There is so much power in the act of forgiveness. Forgiving oneself for the past, and forgiving others. It is such a grand lesson that needs to be experienced to be understood. This group of women learns that lesson together.
A great exploration and reminder of the power of friendship, unification and the female spirit.
This is a book to buy for your BFF!
Thank you, Raincoast Books for the review copy.